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Thrilling Evergreens for the Southern Plains – FineGardening


Evergreens are essential to attaining diversified texture and kind, in addition to the important thing to any profitable four-season backyard. Sadly, many gardeners would put loads of evergreens within the “vital however boring” class. They’re a backdrop, the much-needed greenery throughout colder months, however by no means the backyard star that steals the present.

The vegetation under may simply change your thoughts in regards to the humble evergreen. These foliage all-stars will be referred to as something however boring. From lovely blooms to colourful foliage and pops of vibrant berries, all of those evergreens have that little one thing additional.


1. Carolina Yellow Jasmine

Carolina Yellow Jasmine
Photograph: millettephotomedia.com

Gelsemium sempervirens

Zones: 7–9

Dimension: Climbing to 10 to 20 ft tall and three to six ft broad

Situations: Full solar to partial shade; moist soil

This hardy, lustrous vine retains its leaves all by means of winter, making it a superb screening plant when grown on a fence or trellis. It produces an abundance of aromatic yellow flowers in spring and can bloom barely extra sparingly nearly year-round. Whereas Carolina yellow jasmine may be very hardy and fast-growing, it’s not as laborious to regulate as another vines and can even flower in partial solar (though not as profusely). It’s a superb nectar supply for butterflies and hummingbirds and exhibits excessive deer resistance. All components of the plant are toxic to people and livestock if eaten.


2. Lindheimer’s Silktassel

Lindheimers Silktassel
Photograph: Girl Chicken Johnson Wildflower Heart

Garrya ovata ssp. lindheimeri

Zones: 8–11

Dimension: 6 to 12 ft tall and broad

Situations: Partial shade; well-drained soil

This dense, evergreen shrub is usually a appropriate alternative for nonnative privet (Ligustrum spp., Zones 5–9) species when planted as an understory shrub. Lindheimer’s silktassel has thick, wooly leaves, and the male vegetation bear flowers which can be inexperienced and silky. The feminine vegetation produce clusters of darkish purple berries which can be beloved by birds. Though it may be a bit choosy about its want for well-drained soil, this can be very drought- and disease-tolerant, making it a invaluable evergreen shrub for basis plantings or privateness screens.


3. Texas Mountain Laurel

Texas Mountain Laurel
Photograph: millettephotomedia.com

Sophora secundiflora

Zones: 8–11

Dimension: 15 to 20 ft tall and 10 to 15 ft broad

Situations: Full solar to partial shade; dry, well-drained soil

Texas mountain laurel’s clusters of aromatic purple flowers are a harbinger of spring’s arrival in its native vary. This small tree retains its shiny, darkish leaves all winter and begins blooming in February, producing a robust scent very similar to grape sweet. The intense purple seeds have an extended and colourful historical past with people (they’re lovely and in addition very toxic). Texas mountain laurel thrives in well-drained and even poor and rocky soils, and it’s splendidly drought-tolerant. Like many bushes which can be native to poor soils, it’s a sluggish grower, however its springtime present makes it well worth the wait.


4. Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle
Photograph: millettephotomedia.com

Morella cerifera

Zones: 7–10

Dimension: 10 to 15 ft tall and eight to 10 ft broad

Situations: Full solar to partial shade; moist soil

I can’t stroll previous a wax myrtle and never crush a leaf or two in my hand, releasing its fragrant, barely medicinal scent. Colonists even used its waxy fruits to make aromatic candles. This largish shrub makes a superb display, as it’s evergreen and carries leaves all alongside its top. It must be watered reliably whereas getting established, however it’s drought-tolerant thereafter. Wax myrtle’s native habitat is moist forest and stream banks, so it does effectively in damp loams and clays as effectively. Don’t fret in case your soils will not be clay, although, as a result of wax myrtle is adaptable to a reasonably wide selection of soils.

Karen Beaty is a horticulturist for the Girl Chicken Johnson Wildflower Heart in Austin, Texas.